Cross platform inventory software?


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Armymutt
February 24, 2013, 11:24 AM
I'm looking for software that will run on Windows, Android, and iPhone that will let me maintain a central database on the PC of guns, ammo, and other household items. It needs to be updatable from the mobile devices. NM Collector comes close, but it looks like the mobile portion creates a new entry rather than updates. Basically, I'd like to sit at the keyboard and build the bulk of the database, and then use the Android to snap photos, enter serial numbers, and round counts in the case of ammo. Ideas?

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clocker
February 24, 2013, 11:51 AM
Most people that I know end up using a private Google Spreadsheet to store inventory information. It's always available if you have a data connection and cross platform.

MarshallDodge
February 24, 2013, 12:32 PM
Clocker's suggestion is nice and simple.

Putting something in the cloud with web browser support would be the direction I would head. I think Google now has some database tools that support this.

kcgunesq
February 24, 2013, 06:53 PM
Am I just paranoid or out of touch, but putting lists of my property, including guns with serials numbers on a Google owned server (or any cloud resource), seems way too risky.

MarshallDodge
February 24, 2013, 07:54 PM
Am I just paranoid or out of touch, but putting lists of my property, including guns with serials numbers on a Google owned server (or any cloud resource), seems way too risky.

Good point but anyone reading this is basically in a cloud right now. ;)

All the devices mentioned in the original post are connected to the Internet so security is only as good as your firewall. There are many stories of those devices being hacked.

sirgilligan
February 28, 2013, 12:08 AM
I try to be aware of all of the firearm related software out there and I do not know of any software that is native on all of those devices that write to a central data store. There is Range Log that is a web app.

I wrote Gun Log, Gun Log SPC, and Gun Log +P.

Let me tell you my lessons from GL+P. GL+P uses iCloud, Apple's technology. Users begged for this ability, by far the highest requested feature. Your data is on Apple's servers. When Apple's servers are down or unresponsive the app doesn't work.

Then there are those that are concerned about security. Gun Log doesn't export the data in any manner. I promised it never would do that, or have code in it that could do such a thing. I found that too restrictive for me, especially since I wrote the app for myself.

So, I wrote Gun Log SPC. It doesn't use iCloud, so no external dependencies on other peoples servers. It does integrate with email and printing, so I can run reports and get the data off the device.

All the apps are on an SQLite database and I can load the database up into any SQLite browser and runs SQL queries on it and generate CSV files, all kinds of stuff, but that does take some nerd skills.

Pinkbunny
February 28, 2013, 12:22 AM
Why don't you just use Microsoft Excel?
You can use that for spreadsheet inventories, and insert pictures, or a link to a place you store the pictures.

On the iphone and Android, Quickoffice Pro can open excel(.xls, .xlsx) format files and edit them.

I don't see the need to get all fancy if it's just an inventory of your guns.

But I want to check out Gun Log SPC, look's cool.

Indifferent
February 28, 2013, 12:30 AM
I just want to comment that I hope all my hard work making knives and working long hours at my real job pays off to the point that I need a cross platform instantly accessible inventory of all my guns and they are so many and that I am so busy that I cannot store all of their information in a fire safe.

clocker
February 28, 2013, 12:47 AM
So, one of the first applications for cloud spreadsheets for me was trying to keep track of reloading components. I set up a bunch of tabs for the various cartridges and also for the powder, primers and projectiles.

It saved me a lot of money during the last three months because I could instantly check my supply when visiting the local stores. Passed on the items that I had enough of and picked up stuff that I was low on.

sirgilligan
March 1, 2013, 03:23 AM
Why don't you just use Microsoft Excel?
You can use that for spreadsheet inventories, and insert pictures, or a link to a place you store the pictures.

On the iphone and Android, Quickoffice Pro can open excel(.xls, .xlsx) format files and edit them.

I don't see the need to get all fancy if it's just an inventory of your guns.

But I want to check out Gun Log SPC, look's cool.
I agree 100% on the idea of "who needs a list/inventory" of their guns handy at all times. Gun Log is a range log book. It tracks firearm usage and that was its design from the beginning. To track firearm usage there needs to be a listing of firearms and ammo, so the app does inventory, but that is secondary.

I wrote the app to track failures. I had a certain semi-auto that was giving me fits. I wanted to track which gun, which ammo, and which mag. Well, that's where it all started. Also, Gun Log apps have a G1 ballistics calculator that I wrote. You can use it to help get you on paper. Of course you could print out a drop table before you go to sight in a rifle, but no need to now, just enter the data into the app. Also, suppose you print tables for 50, 100, and 200 yards, and you go to the range and there is a 75 yard target and now your print out is not as useful.

But just an inventory or list, most any note taking app can handle that, heck, just email yourself a photo and a description.

wolfrage
May 17, 2013, 09:43 AM
I'm the developer so I'm biased, but MyGunDB is the #1 inventory software for collectors. It runs on Windows, OS X and Linux and there are Android/IOS versions as well.

The Mobile app doesn't handle ammo just yet, but I'm working on adding that.

rogersdm
September 9, 2013, 12:01 PM
I am currently using MyGunDB and very pleased with it. I am have a C&R license an recently got my FFL. I keep my collection as well as my dealer inventory on it. The reports are well designed and the A&D report is legal for BATFE. I set it up with 2 backup locations, one on the hard drive and one on a usb drive, it even lets me know on start up if the usb drive isn't there.

Thanks for the good work.

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